Song Review: Cannibal Animal – ‘Grand Theft Manual’

Song Review: Cannibal Animal – ‘Grand Theft Manual’

Band: Cannibal Animal Song: ‘Grand Theft Manual’ Genre: Psych-punk Date of release: 23rd November 2016 Location: United Kingdom Reviewer: Violent Soho meme claim to fame guy For Fans Of: Black Flag, lead bass guitar The first thing that comes to mind while I listen to this song on repeat is the desire to crack open a Jack and coke and listen through Queens Of The Stone Age‘s Rated R at the wrong speed on vinyl … but, since my tolerance for alcohol is as weak as my tongue game, I’ll do this review sober. Cannibal Animal are a 3-piece grunge/punk outfit from the UK, so naturally, there’s already too much bass in the mix. The single ‘Grand Theft Manual’ already triggered me in the sense that I can only drive an automatic, so alienation hits me before I even press play. Thanks. The track kicks off with an intro riff remiscient of Metallica‘s ‘One’ opening lick, only played faster and backwards. That doesn’t last too long, however, since out of nowhere, a distorted bass-riff taken straight out of that incredibly dope Matrix lobby shoot-out scene comes in … (you know the one). If they wanted people to defy gravity for a moment and flip off a couple walls, I think it’s worked out well. The rest of the band jumps into that same riff with added guitar lead lick over it that I can only describe as “WoooooooOOOooooooooooOOOOo”. The verse riff is nothing incredibly original, but nothing in punk music really is, amirite. I’ve always found it fascinating that the punk attitude was always against the norm, yet 9/10...
Album Review: Trap Them – Crown Feral

Album Review: Trap Them – Crown Feral

Band: Trap Them Album: Crown Feral Genre: You wouldn’t get it man Date Of Release: 23/09/2016 Location: Boston + Seattle Reviewer: Mitch Alexander For Fans Of: Converge, Day Nineteen: Fucking Viva by Trap Them, The Armed Track Listing: 1. Kindred Dirt 2. Hellionaires 3. Prodigala 4. Luster Pendulums 5. Malengines Here, Where They Should Be 6. Speak Nigh 7. Twitching In The Auras 8. Revival Spines 9. Stray of the Tongue 10. Phantom Air The first two minutes of this album had me worried. “The only groups who should get ‘introspective’ or ‘pensive’ on later releases are the ones who warned you on previous occasions that they might, like Opeth or Carly Rae Jepsen. A rollicking nihilist grind powerviolence hardcore/whatever band like Trap Them have no business being thoughtful!”, I proudly thought to myself as I festered in my unwashed Nails longsleeve, the one that’s the Joy Divison mountain-range shirt for super cool people who like deliberately shit mixes. Turns out I was too busy enjoying being a smug and self-indulgent Ballou Bro, because after about three minutes and four songs into the album, I realised that not only had Trap Them not turned into that band (it was just a misstep of an opening track), but that maybe they should have. All the elements are in place for me to love this CD. I have adored everything Trap Them have done before this; the song ‘Day 19’ is a work of art, the lyrics are actual poetry, and I will throat punch any uncouth swine who disagrees. I don’t think any other band has ever really gotten the...
Album Review: Against Me! – Shape Shift With Me

Album Review: Against Me! – Shape Shift With Me

Band: Against Me! Album: Shape Shift With Me Genre: Punk/Folk rock Date of Release: 16/09/2016 Location: Florida, United States Reviewer: 5StringSamurai For Fans Of: Rancid, Hot Water Music Track Listing: 1. ProVision 2. 12-03 3. Boyfriend 4. Crash 5. Delicate, Petite & Other Things I’ll Never Be 6. 333 7. Haunting, Haunted, Haunts 8. Dead Rats 9. Rebecca 10. Norse Truth 11. Suicide Bomber 10. All Of This And More The primary focus of all martial arts is self-defence. Its easy to swing a tachi (sword) and cause grievous harm, easier yet to point a gun and pull the trigger. True skill lies in learning how to avoid these situations or, if that is not possible, how to counter them and gain the upper hand. An equally import lesson to learn is that its not just physical attacks that you need to be able to defend against. Attacks on your character, beliefs and identity can be just as damaging, not only to your psyche, they can be used in a way to provoke you into physical combat where the enraged mind may falter into making a mistake. The calm mind has a much better chance of seeing through the fog to avoid falling into the trap. In this day and age, it is perhaps more important to learn how to defend against the non-physical attacks than the physical. We are much more likely to come across internet bullying/trolling, discrimination, homophobia, and racism than roving street gangs of armed thugs. You’re number one technique against these attacks is self confidence but this is also easier said then done. We all...
Album Review: Down With The Ship – Late Nights And Stage Fights [EP]

Album Review: Down With The Ship – Late Nights And Stage Fights [EP]

Band: Down With The Ship Album: Late Nights And Stage Fights Genre: Easycore Date of release: 11th July, 2016 Reviewer: David Coppi For Fans Of: Four Year Strong, Abandoned By Bears, The Wonder Years Track Listing: 1. Stuck In A Life Raft With Matthew McConaughey 2. Hot Diggity Damn, That’s Good Enough For Me! 3. Set Phasers To Fun 4. You’ve Got More Than Dreams In Your Diaper, Tommy 5. Soberphobia Remember when Sandra Bullock made movies like The Proposal and Miss Congeniality? These were tolerable films, albeit for a certain demographic, but didn’t really give a glimpse into the fine acting that Ms Bullock would be capable of in the future. Think The Blindside, Gravity, and The Heat that was to follow. I think Adelaide punks Down With The Ship are in the midst of their Sandra-Bullock-Miss-Congeniality-phase. Not that that is a bad thing at all. Rather, I feel that their best work is right around the corner. Fans of easycore will probably love this EP with its chuggy verses, catchy choruses, and heavy breakdowns. Critics of this type of music often complain that the songs tend to blend in to one another and begin to sound similar after a few listens and while this EP does suffer slightly from this, I think there are still enough fresh ideas and studio tweaks to give this release its own identity. Kicking off with the gloriously titled ‘Stuck In A Life Raft With Matthew McConaughey’, the opening riff sets the tone for an ode to their hometown of Adelaide, referencing everything from Victoria Square, skating down North Terrace, and even...
Album Review: A Day To Remember – Bad Vibrations

Album Review: A Day To Remember – Bad Vibrations

Band: A Day To Remember Album: Bad Vibrations Genre: Metalcore/Pop-punk Label: Epitaph/ADTR Records Location: Ocala, Florida Reviewer: Alex “He actually bombed the Panhandle” Sievers For Fans Of: Breakdowns, sing-alongs, bands that don’t do anything different. Track Listing: 1. Bad Vibrations 2. Paranoia 3. Naivety 4. Exposed 5. Bullfight 6. Reassemble 7. Justified 8. We Got This 9. Same About You 10. Turn Off The Radio 11. Forgive And Forget Bad Vibrations, you say? Well, it is bad and their music causes vibrations in the air, so you can’t fault A Day To Remember for being honest. ADTR’s sixth album to date is the musical equivalent of an exasperated sigh, and it hurts to know that the band is capable of so much more. The group’s supposedly most “daring record” is also their weakest. There’s good reason why For Those Who Have Heart, Homesick, and What Separates Me From You are typically labeled as the band’s best works. It’s because they are really good fucking albums, plain and simple! But you could not pay me enough to like Bad Vibrations, not when this album goes in one ear and is shat out the other because I don’t want to subject my brain to any long-term issues. As cliché as it sounds, Bad Vibrations feels rather stripped back in its songwriting and its mix. But this is band that’s not really known for their complex, intricate compositions or musical technicality; they’re known for big breakdowns and even bigger choruses. So when you strip back their sound to the bone to hone in on the riffs, the vocals, and the drumming, there’s...
Album Review: Our Past Days – Keep Safe

Album Review: Our Past Days – Keep Safe

Band: Our Past Days Album: Keep Safe Genre: Pop-punk/emocore Date of Release: 2/9/2016 Location: Sydney Reviewer: Harvey Danger For Fans Of: Neck Deep, Knocked Loose, Thrice Track Listing: 1. Graves (2:35) 2. The Distance (0:47) 3. Too Much, Too Soon (4:02) 4. Restless (2:03) 5. Tired Eyes (2:43) 6. Numb (2:38) 7. Sleep & Stir (3:53) 8. I Still Fear You In My Bones (3:26) 9. Split My Brain (2:57) 10. Bloom Where You’re Planted (3:15) 11. Daylight (3:50) From lineup changes to almost breaking up, Sydney emocore lords OUR PAST DAYS have had a hectic year. Whether through touring with The Wonder Years, or signing to newbie Australian label Greyscale Records, the boys can safely say they’ve earned their keep in the last 12 months. And, as a result of their signing (along with the support and love from their family and friends), Our Past Days are proud to present their debut album Keep Safe. Opening with the banger single Graves, the band set the stage with their exceptional blend of pop-punk, emo, and post-hardcore from the get go. One barely has time to settle before being popped squarely in the jaw by the opening guitar and drum to ‘The Distance’, pounding you into the ground at a blistering pace for the entirety of its 47 seconds, before segueing into ‘Too Much, Too Soon’, which, whilst full of raw emotion, is devoid of any discernible vocal hook whatsoever, unfortunately killing the song for this reviewer. Despite the disappointment afforded by ‘Too Much, Too Soon’s lack of hook, it is more than made up for by the pure, laid...
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